2019-2020 / OCEA0075-1

Physical oceanography and marine meteorology

Theory and practice

Field work trips


Theory and practice : 30h Th, 15h Pr
Field work trips : 3d FW

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)6 crédits 


Theory and practice : Jean-Marie Beckers
Field work trips : Jean-Marie Beckers


Jean-Marie Beckers

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Theory and practice

Ocean water properties. Description of ocean basins and associated general circulations. Temporal and spatial variability of the major physical properties. Modelling of the marine environment. Dynamics of ocean currents withour and with friction. Surface waves. Tides.
Introduction to meteorology dedicated to first year students in oceanography. General introduction : orders of magnitude, characteristic lengths and times. Application to thermostatics. Radiation and energetic balance. Introduction to air dynamics. Processes of saturation and condensation. Large scale circulation. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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The aim of the lecture is to provide the student with the basic dynamical laws allowing him to understand the major caracteristics of ocean water and circulations, tides and surface waves as well as atmospheric processes

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

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Mathematics, physics, chemistry of a bacheler in science, applied sciences, agronome.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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A personal work on the hydrodynamics of a regional sea will allow each students to use the concepts seen during the theoretical lectures

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

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15 lectures of 2 h followed by 30' exercises 2h general exercise

Recommended or required readings

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Material will be distributed during the first lecture.

Assessment methods and criteria

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written exam with open book

evaluation of the work on regional seas

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

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Schedule on Infomaster


Theory and practice